Our original shipwreck Brazilian Rosewood back and sides were acquired by our supplier in 2005 from the north Atlantic coast of Brazil by a salvaged diver. Supply ships that sunk along the coast during the 1930’s were headed to the Northern European waters with Brazilian logs to be made into Danish furniture. The logs might have been too heavy for this ship and it went down, only to be found many years later. The logs were processed and certified in Brazil with Cities. These sets were later sold to us and other luthiers to make guitars that had that vintage tone from old logs from under the sea.
Here are a few photos of the logs in their original state before being cut to make sets over the years. Several of the logs had interesting creature holes, amazing what happens to logs underwater over time. Our supply from these particular logs has dwindled to just a few special sets we are keeping for future Masterpiece builds.
We currently, and have had in our stock, 5A Brazilian from old beams, houses and structures that were destroyed and the wood salvaged. We have a supply that ranges from perfectly cut with straight grain, a variety of coloring and different grains lines to very figured sets. No set is alike.